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Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by Pbama » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:00 pm

Separating my reply from the Wednesday Acq topic as @bantam10 had a good point! I didn’t realize it although there are no Pabst zips in the book without the “No Opener Needed” banner. Does anybody have a Pabst zip without the banner brewed in ‘any’ city? If anybody, I’d assume @oldmoneytexan has a few? I know @kamsquared is the RB resident Miller expert but do we have a Pabst expert?
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by Leon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:52 pm

Here's what I think. Pabst purposely made flat tops into the mid 60's while at the same time they made zip pull tabs. These flats were cheaper & were made for bulk/large order customers (common) like military, transportation by boat, plane & train, hotels, ect, ect. I'm guessing some left over stock from that got used up as tabs. ™®LEON™®♠
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by kruegerbock » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:09 am

Leon,

I used to think that as well, particularly with respect to the cans from Hammonton and the seemingly infinite varieties of lid and bottom combinations available on some of their cans. I've been led to believe (and seen pictures showing this) that the zip and pull tab lids were shipped from the canning plants already on the cans, which were then filled upside down (Steven Sullivan would be a fan) at the brewery, with the bottom lid being applied after the can was filled.
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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I used to think that as well, particularly with respect to the cans from Hammonton and the seemingly infinite varieties of lid and bottom combinations available on some of their cans. I've been led to believe (and seen pictures showing this) that the zip and pull tab lids were shipped from the canning plants already on the cans, which were then filled upside down (Steven Sullivan would be a fan) at the brewery, with the bottom lid being applied after the can was filled.

Yes, That is all correct. But the flats were lidded on bottom only & filled from the top. SO, Pabst would print 2 cans. With & without the no opener needed. The No Openers filled from the Bottom & already lidded on top & the flats filled from top & already lidded on bottom. I'm sure with any left over flats the Brewery would have no problem obtaining pull tab lids & lidding the tops themselves. Only other option would be to paint over unused sheets. €LEON.


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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by CrustyRusty » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:57 am

I'm no expert, but I would want to think that Pabst was just using up left over flat sheets with the first zip top lids until the sheets were used up...again, just a guess.

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by mrlager428 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:25 am

The close-up Can picture shows this Can is from the National Can Company and those look to be Third Generation Tops....Which Can Company made the Can with the "No Opener Needed" banner on it?

The above theories make sense especially if the Banner Can is from American or Continental Can Companys....Just My opinion :smt023
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by CrustyRusty » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:09 am

mrlager428 wrote:
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The close-up Can picture shows this Can is from the National Can Company and those look to be Third Generation Tops....Which Can Company made the Can with the "No Opener Needed" banner on it?

The above theories make sense especially if the Banner Can is from American or Continental Can Companys....Just My opinion :smt023
My PBR zip is American can co. made, "keglined" with the oval around it, book states it being used in the mid 60's.

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by CrustyRusty » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:42 am

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I still feel that Pabst was merely using up remaining stock of sheet labels and lids (flats and zips) regardless of what can company/lid maker and or where they were filled, this label, usbc 1 can #112-2, makes me feel this is the case, I can't think of any other reason this label was sold as a flat.

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by oldmoneytexan » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:58 am

CrustyRusty wrote:
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1112020.jpgI still feel that Pabst was merely using up remaining stock of sheet labels and lids (flats and zips) regardless of what can company/lid maker and or where they were filled, this label, usbc 1 can #112-2, makes me feel this is the case, I can't think of any other reason this label was sold as a flat.
I think every brewery did that. No way they disposed of the remaining cans when tab lids were delivered.

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by oldmoneytexan » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:59 am

@Pbama I don't have the Pabst without the NON. Very cool.

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by bantam10 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:47 am

They probably waited a year or two to reuse the old flats just so they can have the NON on the label for the first round of zips .
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by Pbama » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:23 am

mrlager428 wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:25 am
The close-up Can picture shows this Can is from the National Can Company and those look to be Third Generation Tops....Which Can Company made the Can with the "No Opener Needed" banner on it?

The above theories make sense especially if the Banner Can is from American or Continental Can Companys....Just My opinion :smt023
The N.O.N. can is “CCC 48”

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by CrustyRusty » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:43 am

oldmoneytexan wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:58 am
CrustyRusty wrote:
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1112020.jpgI still feel that Pabst was merely using up remaining stock of sheet labels and lids (flats and zips) regardless of what can company/lid maker and or where they were filled, this label, usbc 1 can #112-2, makes me feel this is the case, I can't think of any other reason this label was sold as a flat.
I think every brewery did that. No way they disposed of the remaining cans when tab lids were delivered.
I also collect vintage/antique Coleman lamps and lanterns, that company went out of it's way to use up as much of any remaining stock of parts as they could, resulting in some cases, lanterns or lamps that were a very short run and making them a highly prized by collectors, it's also an addicting hobby..lol
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by Leon » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:27 pm

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I'm no expert, but I would want to think that Pabst was just using up left over flat sheets with the first zip top lids until the sheets were used up...again, just a guess.

I'd agree with that if these were the first zip top lids & the cans dated from around 1962 or 63, BUT, These are the later or last zip tops & the cans date from 1965. I know Pabst was still making this can in 65 as a flat. LEON.
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Post by Leon » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:32 pm

Here's a 1968 Military Pic of Soldier Drinking a Pabst Flat Top. LEON.
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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Leon wrote:
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:57 am
I'm no expert, but I would want to think that Pabst was just using up left over flat sheets with the first zip top lids until the sheets were used up...again, just a guess.

I'd agree with that if these were the first zip top lids & the cans dated from around 1962 or 63, BUT, These are the later or last zip tops & the cans date from 1965. I know Pabst was still making this can in 65 as a flat. LEON.
So do you believe that Pabst was just late to the show using zip tops?

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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by Leon » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:45 am

NO, I'm sure Pabst made a first generation or earlier style zip but looking at my different Pabst zips I don't have one. Anybody else have a Pabst that has a totally flat top with no writing or smile beads? LEON.


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Post by Pbama » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:23 pm

Not sure what you mean by “no writing or smile beads”?

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Not sure what you mean by “no writing or smile beads”?
Just after the first version lift tabs (plain top), the second version the words "lift tab & pull" were added and then the same wording with the bumps (smile beads) on either side of the opening on the third version.

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Pbama wrote:
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Not sure what you mean by “no writing or smile beads”?

Here's a Pic of 4 different Stroh's zip tops. In order of age. The first one has no writing on top & no smile beads. The 4th, last one does. I'm still missing the 5th variation. LEON.
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Post by Leon » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:45 pm

I had a pic of 6 or 7 different zip tabs tops on my computer but cant find it anymore. old pic. The Pic & zip top info can be found on Mark Benbows RUSTYCANS.COM Website. Link below. LEON.

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Post by Leon » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:54 pm

There is also a zip top pull tab section here in Rusty Bunch. Link below. LEON.


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Re: Pabst Zips Oddity

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Post by OhioCanGuy » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:26 am

Leon wrote:
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I'm no expert, but I would want to think that Pabst was just using up left over flat sheets with the first zip top lids until the sheets were used up...again, just a guess.

I'd agree with that if these were the first zip top lids & the cans dated from around 1962 or 63, BUT, These are the later or last zip tops & the cans date from 1965. I know Pabst was still making this can in 65 as a flat. LEON.
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Here's a 1968 Military Pic of Soldier Drinking a Pabst Flat Top. LEON.
Maybe that's one of the reasons Pabst flats are so plentiful in 1/1+ and above condition. National brewer and made flats well into the 60's = new cans available closer to when beer can collecting became a thing.
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